The White House has denounced the world’s richest person, Elon Musk, for a post he posted on the social media site X that promoted a dangerous conspiracy theory against Jewish people.
On November 15, a man claimed on the website that Jewish communities had pushed a “dialectical hatred against white people,” a common argument among those who share the “white genocide” conspiracy theory.
“You told the truth,” replied Mr. Musk, owner of X, SpaceX and Tesla.
White House spokesperson Andrew Bates responded to Musk’s actions and called them a “hideous lie” and “unacceptable.”
Mr. Bates said it was a “heinous promotion of anti-Semitic and racist hatred,” which the White House condemns “in the strongest terms.”
“It is unacceptable to repeat at any time the hideous lie behind the deadliest act of anti-Semitism in American history, let alone a month after the deadliest day for the Jewish people since the Holocaust,” he said. he said, referring to the attack on Israel. by Hamas on October 7.
The conspiracy theory had already been promoted by the man responsible for the case. 2018 massacre from a synagogue in Pittsburgh, United States, which killed 11 people.
Musk denied the initial post was anti-Semitic, responding to an X user defending him with the “100” emoji.
IBM and Apple both reportedly suspended advertising on X, formerly known as Twitter, following the post.
Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, criticized Musk’s post, calling it “unquestionably dangerous to use his influence to validate and promote anti-Semitic theories” at a time when anti-Semitism is high across the country. world.
A day later, Mr. Greenblatt praised Musk for saying he saw the phrases “decolonization” and “from the river to the sea” as a way to imply genocide, referring to the language used by those protesting against Israel and its march in the Gaza Strip.
Writer for the Daily Beast and former Orthodox Jew Elad Nehorai said Mr. Greenblatt was “abandoning the Jews” while praising Musk after his comment.
“It’s a horrible choice. This puts Jews in danger,” he said. “This is unforgivable.”
X CEO Linda Yaccarino said the company had been “extremely clear about our efforts to combat anti-Semitism and discrimination.”
“There is no place for this anywhere in the world,” she said.